Squash strings are an under-emphasized piece of squash equipment. Most people spend tons of time thinking about which squash racket they like, forgetting that it’s the squash strings that actually make contact with the ball. And I must admit, I’ve been that guy on occasion.
Best Squash Strings
Here’s a more complete list of brands. As you can see I haven’t posted all of them yet, but will get to it eventually 🙂
While some squash rackets come pre-strung with a premium squash string — for example, Black Knight squash rackets are pre-strung with Ashaway, and of course Tecnifibre squash rackets are pre-strung with Tecnifibre — most squash racket manufacturers string their rackets with an in-house brand of string.
Personally, I have a slight preference for the premium brands, but I find the factory strings to be acceptable.
So what’s the best string for you? There’s no simple answer. The best thing to do is try out different strings at different tensions and see what works best for you.
About Squash Strings
Here are some basics about strings.
To get more power, string at a lower tension. A string under low tension bends more easily, which sends the ball launching off your strings. Conversely, higher tension gives you a more controlled hit.
The reason is, well, think about it like a trampoline — if it bends easily, it will launch you higher (more power), but the bounce will be more difficult for you to control. Conversely, a stiff trampoline won’t bounce you as high, but it’ll be easier to control your bounces.
I would say a high squash racket string tension (more control) is 29 pounds, average is 27 pounds, and low tension (more power) is 25 pounds.
Thinner string bends more easily, and that gives you a bit of a power boost. In addition, the thinner the string, the more it will “bite” into the ball on contact, allowing you to put more spin on your shots. So if thinner strings provide more power and better spin control, why not always use the thinnest string available? The reason is that thinner strings are more prone to breakage, which can be expensive and/or annoying to replace.
For squash strings, 1.1mm is thin (more bite / less durability), 1.2mm is medium, and 1.3mm is thick (less bite / more durability). Thickness can also be measured in “gauge”, except with gauge, higher numbers indicate thinner string — so 18 gauge is thin, 17 gauge is medium, and 16 gauge is thick.
For a lot more about strings, check out these articles:
- tennis-warehouse.com – about tennis strings, but it’s informative
- reddit.com – interesting thread that sort of refutes the trampoline theory
- string-doctor.com – “What’s the deal with factory strings?”